Robert Dykes's past comments

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    Robert Dykes

    The new teaser trailer is out and the CGI is horrible! What a shame. The swtiche over to a CGI Star Trek at the tail end of DS9 and in Voyager and people didn't even realize. In the new remaster of TNG everything is beefed up with CGI if not completly redone with CGI and it looks 100 times better. The Discovery trailer is on par with Babylon 5 CGI.

    Posted in: New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery'

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    "robberies, traffic accidents and other mishaps". I get that these things may be P-Go related, but guess what? They happen anyway. People who don't have the common sense to not play a cellphone game while driving are not going to pay any heed to a PSA.

    Go outside, be social and get some exercise and some much needed vitamin D or..... sit inside for anothe 10 years getting fat.

    P-go is not my thing, but I think it is fantastic. That group of kids who lured and robbed some P-go players... seriously, they would have come up with some other dumb idea to rob somebody.

    I honestly can't think of any true drawbacks to this exploding cultural phenomenon. The only PSA they need is "common sense, use some"... but honestly y'all, Japan kinda needs that anyway with people reading the newspaper while driving, biking with an umbrella in one hand and phone in the other, running red lights, and never looking when crossing the street.

    Posted in: Gov't kicks off safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch in Japan

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    Robert Dykes

    "I bought a house outside Japan 12 years ago ;the price has risen by 10% , as I also rented it out! I'll bank the profits next year by selling it.

    Simple!"

    Simple? You are in the minority. Every homeowner I know in Japan has explained to me how much their house instantly depreciates.

    Just heard a fellow professor say he lived in his house 7 of the last 20 years. Houses in Japan are financial death sentences for most. or unless you need the space, i could not imagine a worst "investment". In the USA unless you stay in one place for 5 years or longer, houses are no the investment they used to be.

    The New York Times has an excellent calculator to determine if you should rent or buy. It has plenty of variables you can enter. I think most would be surprised that renting is often the more financially secure option.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=1

    Posted in: No retiree left behind: Japan turns to riskier DIY pensions

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    "almost all working-age Japanese to join private defined-contribution retirement plans"

    Just not those of us working for a University (private and public) or public schools. Like 95% of us.

    If I understand this article correctly, they are referring to the J-401k, which is not really like the IRA in the USA at all, it molded after the British system (sorry the name escapes me).

    As of this year, koumuin still can not open a 401-k account, and this includes employees of private and public universities. If you are an American, there are a few other confusing caveats you need to look up yourself because I am far from an expert. But while J-citizens can invents in what ever they want, Americans will get double taxed if you invest in American held stocks and secruites so you have to stick to Japanese stocks (not a deal breaker but its best to diversify) and foreign held mutual and index funds are super heavily taxed for US citizens.

    I think the law has already passed, but will not be enacted until sometime next year that will allow university employees to invest in a j-401k. But its still not that great Americans. If you have a j-souse, its probably best to open a NISA and/or J-401k in their name if you are an American. If you move back to the USA and get them a green card, things get complicated again as they are not under IRS/USA tax law like you.

    Posted in: No retiree left behind: Japan turns to riskier DIY pensions

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    Robert Dykes

    Any of that stimulus pack going to enter my NISA account?

    Posted in: Japanese gov't eyes over Y20 tril stimulus to support economy

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    Robert Dykes

    IMHO the only decent J-TV is the VERY few educational programs. Otherwise I see zero reason to force yourself to watch the other J-drama and J-comedy (variety) shows. Its hard enough to find decent shows from the USA!

    G.O.T. FTW!

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

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    Robert Dykes

    JP post ROCKS! Seriously. 100 times better than USA post office.

    Posted in: Japan Post embarrassed after passerby spots open post box in Chiba

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    Robert Dykes

    "Just how much longer do you think it is going to take? It's been over 70 years"

    We have all heard it 100000 times before. The rule of law in Japan is "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down". Look how hard it is to change things in western culture even when we have loud screaming voices standing together. So unless whatever group, women in this case, ALL stand up with a MUCH MUCH louder voice or the Emperor himself comes down from his palace and states explicitly, I think we are going to see a very very very gradual change. It will, sadly, be another 70 years.

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    Robert Dykes

    " on suspicion of possessing stimulant drugs and marijuana" You know.... much of the time I hate that Japan is so strict and rigid on things like this and I used to feel that Japan just needs to lighten up and live a little.... But then I look at Brexit and I look at the Trump vs. H. Clinton nonsene in the USA. Japan looks so level headed and sane right now it isn't even funny.

    "2 grams of marijuana." In all seriousness, I am pretty sure most american college students have more weed than this stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

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    Robert Dykes

    Its no secret. The larger the world becomes the more segregated it becomes.

    Posted in: Asian central banks, policymakers wade in to calm markets after Brexit vote

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    Robert Dykes

    I'm all for minimalism. Just go all digital :)

    CD's and DVDs and real books are so 90's.

    Posted in: Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows

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    Robert Dykes

    Message from Japan Inc: Sorry its so hot, it's not the last week of June, so we still can't turn the AC on in your office.

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    Robert Dykes

    This starts off at the beginning of their social upbringing. I used to teach in public school system in Japan. Boys and girls treated each other like Ebola victims. In Jr. High it was 100% impossible to get a girl and boy to even talk if they were in a pair or group. In High school it was marginally better. Ever since I stepped foot in Japan, what seems like a segregation of the sexes, has always baffled me.

    Posted in: 34% of Japanese men afraid of their female colleagues, according to recent poll

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    Robert Dykes

    "“After tasting humans, the bear may have learned it can eat us.” I have read this is 100% BS. An old wives tale that continues to get passed around as fact.

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    Robert Dykes

    I can hear it now. The theme song for millennials: KMFDM's "Apathy"

    Posted in: Mobilizing 18- and 19-year-old voters a challenge

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    Robert Dykes

    Its hard to find a Hanko shop that does NOT offer ivory

    Posted in: Video hints Japan abetting illegal ivory trade: conservationists

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    Robert Dykes

    "“They’re drones! Where is their queen?!” “Even their hair is all the same….” “The lack of individuality is painful.” “Are they newly hired Matrix agents?” “How do you even interview and pick people from a group like this?” “Unfortunately this is a normal, accepted sight in Japan.”

    Wait! What. Japanese people criticized this. As if they played no part in Japan-inc. I am not bashing, Japanese culture. It is what it is. I just find this a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I 100% promise you the people who said this all reverse their cars into parking spaces... because that's the way Japanese people park. How is that any different than a conservative haircut to try and get a job? I am not trying to say this is good or bad, but I hope those reading this and those who typed those messages realize that individuality is great and all, but it comes at a cost. Some societies feel that cost is worth it (the USA) some do not (Japan). Accept it or move.

    Posted in: New hires shock Internet with their sameness

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    Robert Dykes

    This is simple.

    1st. Jail time. 2nd. Give us our money back since you used our taxes. (Yes I know its probably .0002 yen per person, but it is the principle)
    3rd. I don't care about your "sorry I got caught bow"

    Posted in: Tokyo governor apologises again for spending on luxury hotels, pajamas

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    Robert Dykes

    Explain something to me. They know WHERE and they know WHEN these transactions took place. Every ATM and every convenience store has multiple cameras. If 100 people took place in this theft why are we not looking at the photos and licences plates of ALL 100 thieves?!

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    Robert Dykes

    whoah. Can we back up a second. 78 atm transactions in per minute for 3 hours and that didn't ring any bells.

    My credit card has better fraud protection than that, you are telling me the ENTIRE 7-11 banking system doesnt have any thing to detect suspect activity (like 78 transactions a minute from multiple locations all pulling money out from SA)

    Posted in: Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

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